Strength & Conditioning


Emory University is committed to helping its student-athletes maximize their athletics potential while decreasing the chance for injury. To that end, the University employs a full-time strength and conditioning coach. The S&C Coach works with each varsity coach to develop sport-specific, year-round training plans.

The principles of the strength and conditioning program is built around these four statements:

  • Perform exercises with your feet on the ground
  • Perform exercises with free weights
  • Perform exercises that use multiple muscle groups that surround multiple joints
  • Perform exercises with explosion, if you want to be an explosive athlete

Emory's S&C Coach is Steve Lewis, who joined the staff in 2003 after four years in a similar position at Central College (Iowa) with additional experience at the University of Tennessee and Western Michigan University.

Lewis was the strength and conditioning coach, fitness center director, and, exercise science instructor at Central. During his time at Central, the school won three NCAA Division III national team titles--volleyball (1999, 2000), softball (2003)--and fielded three individual and one relay national champions in track and field, and had seven teams finish in the top 30 at their respective national championships.

In 2002, Lewis was the Michigan state weightlifting champion in the 94-kg class. Lewis also qualified and competed in the North American Strongman National Championships in 2002.

He earned a B.S. in exercise physiology/fitness from the University of Tennessee (1995) and an M.A. in physical education with an emphasis in exercise science from Western Michigan University (1998).

For more information about the Emory strength and conditioning program, contact Lewis at (404) 712-4422 or steven.lewis@emory.edu.